Speakers Office-General Mail, 1977 - 1981
- 1977 - 1981
Scope and Contents
By virtue of being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives O'Neill became the highest ranking officer of the Congress. He identified five roles of the Speaker: representative of his own congressional district; leader of the majority party; presiding officer of the House; chief administrator of the House side of the Capitol building and grounds; and Legislative Branch representative at ceremonial occasions. These duties translated into the power to control legislative scheduling, recognition on the Floor, appointments to committees, and signing legislation. O'Neill recognized the sometimes conflicting elements of the Speaker's job to be both partisan leader and impartial presiding officer. He realized the limits of authority that an independent minded House entailed and set as his goal "the task of reestablishing our rightful authority and trying to restore public confidence in the Congress..."
The papers in this section reflect the variety of duties O'Neill dealt with as Speaker. These include meeting with new members, tracking votes on major pieces of legislation, initiating leadership information packets, and opening the House to television coverage. In addition, they cover ceremonies honoring individuals, such as Anatoly Shcharansky, along with providing the State Department information on congressional delegations travelling overseas.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research. Selected items are closed due to fragility; a microfilm access copy is available. Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been migrated from source media; digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Burns Library Reading Room.
From the Sub-Series: 2.5 Linear Feet (6 containers)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
- From the Collection: O'Neill, Tip (Person)
Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository
John J. Burns Library
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States